President Petro Poroshenko emphasizes that Ukraine, as well as the whole world, faces mass propaganda and distribution of fake information used by Russia in the hybrid war with our country.
The Head of State thanked the students for supporting the priorities crucial for the state-building process. “Can a state be without a language? No. This is a feet of clay. Can a state be without an army? No. If we were a member of the military alliance, probably… And when we gave up nuclear weapons receiving nothing in response. The Budapest Memorandum turned out to be a piece of paper. The army was robbed and ruined. The very existence of the Ukrainian state was questions. Not just threatened, but questioned,” he said.
"And what should be the start for the President? Protect the language, defend the army and build a church. That is what I did. I thank the Ukrainian people for supporting that," he said.
Answering the question how Ukraine can counteract the large-scale anti-Ukrainian propaganda campaign of Russia, which uses methods similar to those of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels, Petro Poroshenko agreed with such a comparison. "The system of propaganda of Russians is very similar, unfortunately," the President noted.
"Is this the problem of Ukraine, or only Ukraine? No. Everyone talks about Russia's interference in the US elections. Everyone talks about Russia's interference in the referendum in the Netherlands. Everyone talks about Russia's interference in Brexit," he said.
"All that can be destroyed, any systems based on western values are like a bur in the throat for Russia. That is why we are now united to confront a unique misinformation policy. When democratic standards are used to ruin democracy,” the President said.
"And this is a problem that faces the whole western world, including Ukraine. And we have to fight with it," Petro Poroshenko added.
He recalled the prohibition of the broadcast of Russian propaganda channels in Ukraine, because they are not media, they are propaganda of the enemy. Similarly, Russian social networks were banned because they were the base used by the FSB in its entirety.
"We will cooperate through the creation of special trust funds that will introduce certain measures to combat Russian propaganda," he said.
The President also addressed the students: "Do not watch Russian channels. There will be nothing right there".